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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

FIRE AND FURY IN ONITSHA AS PETROL TANKER SETS FIRE ON BILLION NAIRA GOODS.

By Omoye.C
FIRE AND FURY IN ONITSHA AS PETROL TANKER SETS FIRE ON BILLION NAIRA GOODS.

*KILLS BABY,MOTHER,OTHERS.

*TRADERS ON RAMPAGE,CHASE AWAY GOVT OFFICIALS, SING ANTI OBIANO SONG.


Hell was literally let loose today at the Onitsha-Asaba expressway close to Toronto Hospital,Onitsha when a tanker fully loaded with petrol lost its breaks and rammed into a gutter,spilling it's contents and set fire on humans,goods,houses,cars and commercial tricycles worth billions of Naira.

The driver of the truck detached its head and rammed it on a wall of the flyover far away from the fuel tank but it was immediately vandalized by a mob.

The mayhem which began around half past eleven or so in the morning,triggered widespread pandemonium in Ochanja Market down to Zik Avenue where the petrol flowed through the gutters from the expressway and set many shops and plazas ablaze.

The fire raged for hours without the presence of firemen while traders tried unsuccessfully to douse the raging fire by throwing packets of sachet water on it.

A pregnant woman was burnt to death with her little child as she tried to salvage her wares having been swept off by the huge ball of fire flowing inside the gutter.

One other elderly man said to be a wealthy trader was trapped inside one of the shopping plazas along Zik Avenue as his charred remains were seen dangling on the iron protector on the passage.

The United Bank of Africa (UBA) at the Ochanja Round About was slightly torched as some people were seen battling the fire.Some of them clambered to the roof with buckets of water to fight off the fire.

A Sienna vehicle bearing an APGA inscription was set on fire by an angry mob who sang anti Obiano song saying Anambra has no infrastructure.

When the angry mob spotted some government officials walking down Ezeiweka Road to inspect the damages,the mob gave them a hot chase,prompting the officials to scamper into their vehicles, did a quick U - turn and fled.Their security escorts shot into the air as they fled.

Some of the Journalists who tried to take shots were scrutinized and queried by the angry mob to know if they were from state govt media house.

A fire truck which came at the late hour was given a hot chase and the driver fled.

Sporadic gunshots were heard at intervals but nobody knew who was responsible.

The situation became more tensed up when a huge mob armed with sticks,cudgels,bottles and other dangerous weapons ran haywire in nearby roads and streets,damaging vehicles,tricycles and trucks,shouting,"no more government, no more government, no more taxes,no more taxes".

As at time of filing this report late evening,most of the affected stores were still on fire while the number of the dead and other missing persons are yet to be confirmed.

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